600 lb Bluefin on Spinning Tackle

How long does it take to reel in a 600 lb Bluefin Tuna?

…between 45 and 65 minutes on average. Tuna are some of the most powerful swimmers and can reach speeds of 25 mph. You just can’t muscle in a large Bluefin tuna. They can strip off hundreds of yards of fishing line at a time and make several long runs before they tire out. It takes some heavy duty spinning gear to tackle Bluefin Tuna. The Shimano Stella and Penn Torque II are great spinning reels for tuna.

Here’s what it’s like to fight a 600 lb Bluefin Tuna with spinning tackle. The language in the video is French but the video is very interesting. The spinning reel in the video looks like a Shimano Stella SW 30000. I’m not sure what kind of rod is being used though. It’s a backbreaking battle.